Drugs user avoids jail

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A “HABITUAL” cannabis user caught with nearly £400 worth of the class B drug has avoided a prison sentence.

Alun Birrell, 41, pleaded guilty to possessing more than 100 grams of cannabis resin and 11 grams of marijuana.

Livingston Sheriff Court was told that Birrell had 
co-operated with police after they found him with the resin in an Asda car park in Livingston. He went back to his home in Polbeth with them, where a search uncovered the herbal cannabis.

Safeena Rashid, prosecuting, said the drugs had a street value of £370. Sheriff Derek O’Carroll put Birrell on supervision for 12 months and ordered him to do 80 hours of unpaid work.